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Former Kennard-Dale High School football player takes another step forward in his recovery

STEVE HEISER
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Patrick Maloney is shown wearing his powerlifting medals while graduating from Kennard-Dale High School on Friday evening.

Patrick Maloney has taken another step forward in his journey of recovery.

The former Kennard-Dale High School football player and powerlifter was able to walk with his class at a graduation ceremony on Friday evening, according to a Facebook post from Kennard-Dale Rams Football page. The post said he walked from the school to the field and across the stage to get his diploma, wearing his powerlifting medals.

Maloney returned home on March 25, five months after he collapsed on the sideline during a K-D football game. Maloney suffered a head injury, had emergency surgery and then was airlifted to Hershey Medical Center, according to a post from the K-D Sports Booster Twitter page. 

Maloney was also a track-and-field athlete for the Rams.

According to the post from Kennard-Dale Rams Football, Maloney has had therapy every day in Baltimore in recent weeks and continues to improve with his breathing capacity. He has had two casts put on his left wrist to help improve with his mobility and he is now able to straighten his wrist completely.

Maloney is also working to regain the natural arm and leg movements when walking. He has completed box jumps.

He's also registered for two classes for the fall semester at Harrisburg Area Community College.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.